After portraying social and political issues in his movies, actor-director Upendra is all set to fight for the cause in real life too. On and off, he has been hinting on his plans to join politics but never confirmed anything. Now in an audio clip, the actor has expressed his desire to enter politics by floating a new party.
It is interesting to note that Karnataka is a poll bound state with elections due in April-May 2018. With Congress trying its best to retain power and BJP set on gaining the foothold in the southern state, this announcement by Upendra has stirred the curiosity in political analysts.
Like other voters, even the South actor used to be irked while choosing less bad among others. In a 13 minute audio clip, the actor has stated reasons as to why he decided to form a new party. Emphasising on Prajakiya rather than Rajkiya, he said that need of the hour is Prajakiya (people-centric democracy). Upendra also suggested to test the knowledge of candidates with a written examination about the constituency. The one who passes should be given the ticket, he recommended.
Citing issues such as Cauvery water dispute, farmer suicide, Kalasa Banduri, Upendra pressed the need of leaders who tackle and find solutions to the problems rather than making excuses. The 48-year-old actor said that he is not thinking about failure or success, his focus is on setting a party where caste, religion or money have no roles to play. Quoting a verse from Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita, he supported his thought- Karmanye Vadhikaraste Ma Phaleshu Kadachana (You have the right to perform your actions, but you are not entitled to the fruits). Meanwhile,he is also expected to meet BJP President Amit Shah who is on a three-day visit to Karnataka.